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It’s been a busy summer so far with more fun events on the way! I hope you are enjoying your summer and all that Charm City and nearby shore towns have to offer. What is there to do? Here are a few ideas for you:
BRAnanaza Cup-Tail Party
July 17, 2014 6-9 p.m.

Benefits Fund for Excellence in Women’s Health/Medicine Mercy Medical Center.
They’ll have unique hand decorated bras by local community leaders, food, drinks, an auction and entertainment.
Click here for more details.

July 18-20, 2014
Artscape After Hours July 18-19, America’s largest free art festival!
Check out all the fun details here, and Artscape’s partners herehere and here.

Who’s Top Chef?
July 15-29, 2014
Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition is getting heated, and you can attend!
Check out all the details here

Casey Cares 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk
Aug. 2, 2014
Orioles’ Nick Markakis and wife Christina will serve as race ambassadors.

Sign up or check out more details here.  
Baltimore County Restaurant Week is Coming!
Aug. 8-24, 2014
Baltimore County
Check out all the participating restaurants and menus here.

Shore Nights Tuesdays: Ryleigh’s Oyster
Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Sept. 16
Federal Hill/Hunt Valley
I enjoyed my first Shore Night this summer last week and it was delicious. Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. devour $3 crabs, $1 oysters, $2 corn with feta, lobster and drink specials, too!
Also Ryleigh’s Oyster Voyages are a great way to spend an eve on the harbor. Check out the details here.

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20% off Stock Up on Summer Favorites Sale
Now through July 19, 2014
All area locations
About Faces Day Spas are offering 20% off your favorite products.
Boathouse Canton
Boston Street Canton

Located by the water (formerly Bay Café) Boathouse is quickly becoming a summer favorite.
House of Cards hosted their Season 3 Kick off party there, and Kevin Spacey, cast and crew truly enjoyed themselves. In his character’s honor, juicy ribs have now been added to the menu. Get more information here.  

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Reggae Festival
July 19-20, 2014
Linganore Winery
Take a look at their website here.
2 lb Summer Lobster Special Area Ruth’s Chris Restaurants
Reserve in advance and enjoy! Thursdays and Fridays dine on a 2 lb lobster for $29.95 and if you dine at Ruth’s Chris Pikesville, there is live music on their new patio on Thursdays. Check out the website here.
Vivo Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
Hotel Arundel

New weekly specials at Vivo Italian include Flight Nights, All You Can Enjoy Housemade Pasta and Italian Dinner & Classic Movie nights. Check out what Minx Eats had to say here
If you haven’t been to this restaurant and love Italian fare, make a reservation and go, it’s a hidden Italian gem.
Get more information here.

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Whiskey Wednesdays James Joyce Pub
Harbor East

If you are a Whiskey fan you will want to check this out. A
lso, there will be live entertainment and dining al fresco available in Harbor East.
Check out more information here.
Chill Off…50% off Wine Nights by The Bagby Group
Weekends continue at Bagby’s Ten Ten Mondays with 50% off Wine Nights and at Cunningham’s Towson and Fleet Street Kitchen Harbor East on Tuesdays with the same.
Also enjoy
Yards Brewing Beer Dinner July 22 at Ten Ten
Get more information here.

Try New Craft Beer & Craft Cocktails: Birroteca
If you are a craft beer and/or cocktail fan you will want to stop by Birroteca. T
hey are always very helpful with suggestions, and feel free to ask for a sample before you buy. They are more than willing to share their advice which makes their customers return again and again. Growlers are also available to go filled with your favorite craft beer.
Also, if you order the DD Pizza, let me know what you think, that’s my namesake.
Check it out here.
Heavy Seas Beer
New brews have been released and there’s always more in the works at this local brewery.

Did you know you can take a brew tour for only $5 includes tour and tastings.
Find out the schedule here.

Summer Distillery Day
July 19, 2014
Sloop Betty and Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Tour the distillery and enjoy sampling. Find out more here.

Day Trip DC!
Washington, D.C.
Have limited vacation time? I recently enjoyed a wonderful day in D.C. with friends and discovered two new restaurants I want to share with you:
Toro Toro is an excellent spot for lunch. This Latin American themed restaurant offers an endless array of tasty options and fabulous drinks.
Check out their website here.
You will also want to enjoy Happy Hour cocktails on the outdoor patio at Todd Gray’s Watershed. They also had a delicious fresh fish and the atmosphere was perfect for a summer evening in D.C. with friends. Check out the website here.

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Summer Happy Hour Moonshine Tavern

Enjoy new summer menus, including Happy Hour,
Comedy Night Tuesdays and Live Entertainment. Check out the website here or the Facebook page here.
Havana Road Cuban Café
Get a free appetizer on your next visit
and check out their summer 4 for $40 dinner deals to go!
Stop in for lunch on Thursdays during Towson Farmer’s Market or Friday dinner before Feet on the Street Towson concerts.
Find out more information here.
Happy 1st Bday Haute Blowdry
July 18, 2014
Get 50% off Blowouts and enjoy snacks and drinks! 
Make an appointment here, and use the code HAPPYONEYEAR
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere…
Margaritaville in Atlantic City
Headed to AC this summer? Be sure to grab a seat on the boardwalk under the palm trees and sip a margarita while enjoying fresh fish or grilled chicken topped with salsa and roasted corn. Don’t miss their dessert selections, as well. Great people watching, music, drinks and food with and an escape to the islands right in Atlantic City! Take a look at the website here.

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Hard Rock Baltimore
New summer Happy Hour on the pier

Order from an impressive list of cocktails, enjoy music by the harbor and happy hour at Hard Rock Baltimore sometime this summer. Share an array of appetizers and don’t forget the Maryland fries! Check out the details here.
Be back soon with more dish!
Downtown Diane is a Baltimore area food, travel & entertainment reporter, appearing Fridays on 105.7 The Fan Norris & Davis Show with her entertainment report. Follow her for Daily Dish on Twitter and Instagram @DowntownDiane & check out upcoming events at